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Canton Public Safety

Posted on: March 17, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Arrest made in connection to thefts from garages

March 17, 2015, Canton, MI – Paul Allen Ziolkowski, age 42 from Inkster, was arraigned in 35th District Court last Friday on three charges of Breaking & Entering, each a 10-year felony, along with a Habitual Offender Second Offense charge.

Last month, the Canton Police Department received a call from a resident who had observed a suspicious person looking in open garages in her neighborhood. Officers responded to the location and were able to make contact with the suspicious subject. From there an investigation was conducted by detectives, resulting in the arrest of Ziolkowski.

“We feel this arrest is a direct result of a resident being aware of her neighborhood surroundings and reporting the suspicious activity to the police,” said Special Services Lieutenant Craig Wilsher. “This is an excellent example of teamwork, starting with an alert resident, followed by diligent police work and a thorough follow-up investigation, to bring the criminal to justice,” Wilsher added.

Judge James A. Plakas set Ziolkowski’s bond at $100,000 cash, with a preliminary exam date of April 4, 2015 at 35th District Court in Plymouth.


Original Release: Police warn of current crime trend: thefts from residential garages left open or unlocked

January 15, 2015, Canton, MI – The Canton Police Department is putting residents on notice of a current crime trend occurring in the community. Over the past two months, there have been continual reports of thefts from open or unlocked residential garages. Items such as snow blowers, leaf blowers, power tools, power washers, generators, and tires have been taken. The thefts are occurring throughout the day: morning, afternoon and evening.

Police officers in marked and unmarked vehicles are patrolling residential neighborhoods, and in some high activity areas, notifying residents to close their garage doors.

“Thieves are using the open and unlocked garages as an opportunity to steal basically anything of worth they can walk away with,” says Special Services Lieutenant Craig Wilsher. “The best way to avoid becoming a victim is to close and lock your garage and side utility doors,” Wilsher adds.

Residents who observe suspicious activity in their neighborhoods are asked to contact the Canton Police Department at 734/394-5400.


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